Elizabeth Weintraub: Sacramento Real Estate

Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX Gold - DRE #00697006
Sacramento real estate and housing market, from Galt to Lincoln. Local observations about Sacramento restaurants, special events, music concerts and the Sacramento lifestyle, including great places to vacation around the world.



My husband recently went to work for the Associated Press as a reporter. Because he's been a journalist for more than 25 years, the temporary position time period was reduced so AP could offer appropriate compensation for my husband's experience and still manage to snare such talent. I'm thrilled...
I sold my car in an hour. OK, it wasn't through a dealer trade-in. But I did employ pricing techniques that I use to price homes in Sacramento. The only missing ingredient was I couldn't look up precise sold prices, just estimates of value. Kelly Blue Book is a good place to look, as is Edmunds. ...
I'm such a sucker for a deal. When I received an email the other day from the California Association of REALTORS® telling me that for a limited time only, I could get certified as a HAFA short sale specialist for a big whopping discount, I clicked on that link. As a Sacramento short sale agent, I...
I'm going to say right upfront here, do NOT send me hate mail. Because I am about to say that there are parallels between certain types of sales people, say, for example, a car salesperson and a real estate salesperson. I've heard it said that the easiest person to sell to in the universe is anot...
One of my favorite words in the English language is the word NO. It's short. Concise. Packed with meaning. Powerful. Yet, people so rarely use it. Maybe it's because when we were two-year-olds our parents drummed it into our collective subconscious that it's wrong to say no. We learned at an earl...
One of my sellers called yesterday to say his home had just hit the market and he already had a bunch of phone calls from buyer's agents. They were asking to schedule appointments. Most of my listings, whether they are short sales or otherwise, are listed as "call first, lockbox." But many buyer'...
Why can't the news media show up on my doorstep the day after the housekeeper comes? That was my question yesterday as I scurried to pick up the cat toys and stuff the dirty dishes into the oven before the news reporter got here. But I finally gave up and figured we'd film some area that wasn't t...
One of the first questions almost any Sacramento short sale agent will ask a potential seller is: Have you applied for a loan modification? The reasons are many. First, it's probably been denied. Loan modification hell is ubiquitous. If denied, it's an easier process to move into the HAFA short s...
Perhaps it's time to clear up a misperception about short sales and agents who undertake them. Why would an agent list a short sale that won't close? There are dozens of reasons why an agent would, but I'm not in a position to describe them to you because as a Sacramento short sale agent, that is...
After I closed another Bank of America short sale yesterday, the buyer's agent sent me an email demanding that the sellers replace the appliances. The agent also attached a printout from MLS that noted the appliances were included in the sale and a blog that said the same thing. I hate to say thi...

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